Slimming World : A Few Days On SP

For a month now I have been a couple of lbs away from my two stone award and I have to say that it’s driving me INSANE. I want that award but I know that putting pressure on myself just isn’t going to work so I thought I would try something different. I had heard a lot of good things about the Extra Easy SP plan. It’s a plan designed to use for a couple of days to speed your weight loss along.

For those that don’t know, the SP plan is a plan designed to be used for a few days to boost your weight loss by eating as much Speed and Protein foods as possible. The meals you eat should consist of at least 50% Speed (most fruit and vegetables which you can find in your Food Optimising Book) and the rest are food labelled as Protein (a lot of lean meat, fish, eggs etc) and trying to reach for more Speed foods to snack on in between meals. You still have your syns and you can have two healthy extra b options. When I first heard about this plan I didn’t think I would ever want to do it as I love pasta too much and you can’t have them on this plan.

After thinking about it and getting increasingly wound up at myself I decided it was time to try it for a few days, just to see if I enjoyed it. Seen as you can have two healthy b choices I decided to have oats so I could make some baked oats and then I decided to have an Alpen Light bar as speed and a healthy extra. I also decided to get a lot of fresh berries in and loads of nice speedy vegetables. The meals I chose were turkey chilli with cauliflower rice, diet pepsi chicken with speedy stir fry and bolognese mince packed with speed food and served with courgetti. I was really impressed by all of the meals I made and really enjoyed eating the cauliflower rice so much so that I’m having it again this week with turkey chilli again.

I have to say that I found the Extra Easy SP plan quite easy to stick to and funnily enough, for those few days I didn’t miss pasta, rice or potatoes which was an amazing feeling knowing I could do this plan quite easily. Having done the SP plan for a few days and looking into it a bit more, I can see that there are so many other meal options available and I can easily incorporate the meals I already have into the SP days. If you’re a Slimming World member, there is also a 7 day meal plan on their website.

Overall, I was really surprised with this plan and would definitely give it a go again. Have you tried the Extra Easy SP plan? Would you recommend it?

A Day In LondonIt’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to London, so when Gaz asked if we could go for a day out this year for his birthday I looked at the trains and jumped at the chance – hello £12 return!

We decided we’d make a day of it and thought that by booking a day out in May, we’d get good weather. So on Saturday we got up and were happy to see that the sun was shining and we jumped on a train at 7:48am and headed down to London. We arrived in Euston which has changed quite a bit since I was last there and then went straight to the underground and headed to Elephant & Castle so that we could go to the Imperial War Museum. I’d never been before but Gaz had when he was younger so he was really looking forward to it. It was really interesting to walk around and we spent quite a bit of time walking around looking at the galleries and exhibitions. They also had some planes and tanks on display which of course Gaz enjoyed looking at and reading about in more depth.

A Day In LondonOnce we had finished at the Imperial War Museum we decided to head to London Bridge and have a walk around as it was such a nice day. We were going to have a walk along the bridge to find somewhere for lunch but Gaz saw that the HMS Belfast was there and he asked if we could go on to have a look around, so we did. We had to pay £16 but it was well worth it, you could go all over the ship and take a look at all of the rooms which was fantastic – you could see the boiler room, the laundry, the butcher and potato store and so much more. We were able to go up to the decks, see the captain and admiral cabins and look out towards London Bridge for some great views – the photos really didn’t do it justice but it was well worth the money we spent visiting and I would definitely recommend going if you haven’t been already.

We then went for lunch at Cote Brasserie which wasn’t far away from the ship, and then headed to London Bridge itself which we walked over but couldn’t take too many photos as it was really busy with tourists walking over it with their selfie sticks. We then decided to take a walk on that side of the river and walk back over the bridge we originally walked over which was nice as it was such a lovely, sunny day.

Once we had our walk, we decided to head towards central London and went to the Covent Garden tube station where we walked up ALL OF THE STAIRS to get to the top. I must remember not go to that station, I always forget the ridiculous staircase. We spent our last couple of hours walking around Covent Garden, having a look in shops, having a drink in a cafe and enjoying the sunshine. Once we had finished it was time to head home and we arrived back to Coventry at 7:30pm so we’d been out for 12 hours in the end.

I had my FitBit on that day and as you can see, I did a lot of Body Magic.

A Day In London

We had a great day out and enjoyed a little bit of sight seeing we did and I’m looking forward to spending the weekend there later on this year with one of my best friends as we go away for a girls weekend.

Have you been to London? What do you like to do there?

Keema Mince

For a long time I’ve tried making various curry dishes but they never taste right and for some reason they always taste kind of bland and the spices don’t taste the way I think they should. When I found this keema mince dish and tried it for the first time I was so impressed, it has just the right spice kick and is perfect with some home-made mint fat-free yogurt and rice. What is your favourite curry dish?

INGREDIENTS
Frylight
450g extra lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove or 1 tsp of lazy garlic
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp chilli powder (you can alter this to your taste)
1 tsp garam masala
1 400g can chopped plum tomatoes
200g frozen peas
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt

METHOD
Spray a non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and brown the mince with onion and garlic. Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, and stir in.
Add tin of tomatoes and stir well. Half fill the tomato can with water and add this to the pan. Add the peas and stir well.
Bring to boil and simmer for about 45 minutes. Add more water if necessary.
Remove from heat. Add ground coriander and stir.

Enchilada Style Lasagne Enchilada Style Lasagne

This may not look like the most appetising meal you have ever seen but honestly, it’s amazing. This recipe is based on my love for Mexican food and so easy to make and if you’re following Slimming World it is syn free and using a healthy extra. You could easily serve this with wedges but I had mine with loads of cut up cucumber (it’s my favourite, don’t know why!)

INGREDIENTS
For The Lasagne:
2 chicken breasts cut up into bite sized pieces
Lasagne sheets (enough to cover your dish)
Fry light
2 peppers (I used red and yellow)
1 Onion
1 Tin Old El Paso Refried Beans
Spices : 2 tsp schwartz fajita spice, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp paprika
Cheddar cheese (I used 80g reduced fat for my topping)

Sauce:
1 Carton of passata
Pinch of sweetener
Salt & pepper

METHOD
First of all make sure to preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Meanwhile, in a pan add in your carton of passata, pinch of sweetener, salt and pepper and simmer until it thickens down.
In a frying pan fry your fry light and add in your chicken, onion and peppers.
Once they are cooked then add your spices to your mix and your refried beans.
Once your chicken mix has thickened add a little bit of the passata mix but not enough to thin your sauce down.
Once your chicken mix has thickened down simply place into an oven proof dish and add on your lasagne.
Finally, add your passata mix to the top ensuring the lasagne sheets are covered and then add your cheese.
Cook for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and serve with salad, vegetables or wedges.